Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista bedellella

Elachista bedellella (Sircom, 1848)

grey dwarf


Blotch in the leaf tip; the upper side is practically flat, the lower side can turn somewhat to purple. The larva may mine 2-3 leaves.

host plants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Arrhenatherum elatius; Avena; Festuca ovina, stricta subsp. sulcata; Helictochloa pratensis; Phleum; Poa nemoralis, trivialis.


Larvae in two generations: one from September to end-April (hibernating in the mine), a second in June – July (Bland, 1996a; Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Bulgaria, and from Britain to Central Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Larva young yellowish white, later grey green; head light brown; pronotum with two parallel length lines, slightly widening rearwards and divided by a narrow uncoloured stripe.


Described by Patočka (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Baldizzone (2004a), Baran, Mazurkiewicz & Pałka (2007a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Biesenbaum (1999a), Bland (1996a), O Hoffmann (1893a), Hering (1957a), Kaila (2007a), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen, Nupponen, Kaitila & Olschwang (2003a), Parenti & Domínguez (1995a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Patočka (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Pröse (1981a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a), Wörz (1957a).

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